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3 Words We Need to Stop Using

"The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name" -Confucius

I caught myself today using the phrase "Department of Defense", and resolved never to use it again. The Department of Defense, before 1947, was more appropriately called the Department of War.

Defense is a noble, natural right inalienable to all people, and as such, the term was co-opted for political reasons and applied to the Department of Defense. From behind this veil, we get phrases like "defense contractors", and "defense spending".

The result: $716,000,000,000 of war spending in 2012. Enough to pay around 20 million people $36,000 a year, which essentially means 1/7th of the American workforce is directly or indirectly concerned with making war. If we shall ever have any hope of cutting back the war machine, we have to start by calling it by its proper name: war spending.

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deceptive language is one thing that really sets me off,

especially with the TSA. They always (must be protocol) refuse to accept the term "stop" when I am describing to them what they are doing to me during an opt out: "no sir, we are not stopping you. You decided to opt-out." "So, if you're not stopping me, I can go free on my way." "No, you cannot go on your way." "So, that would mean your are stopping me." Eventually I can get them to admit that they are in fact stopping me from continuing on my way, and by that time there are usually 3 or more agents around me and even more victims witnessing the police state we live in. I will not allow language to be used against me.

Thanks for the post George.

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Deceptive language is one thing that really sets me off

Deceptive language is one thing that really sets me off

Yes, that has already been documented, by the past, since lived in real time:

http://www.dailypaul.com/292238/a-reading-suggestion-for-ame...

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Great post George Strait...The name change was pure propaganda.

And the U.S. military has become the biggest welfare program in the world.

Government-provided pay, food, housing, education, health, dental, retirement etc etc etc.

When you're running such a massive government welfare program, then OF COURSE you have to keep killing people and occupying their countries all over the world to justify your existence.

And when you run out of a war you simply - create a new one.

What a country.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

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Sorry Confucius...

Proverbs 9:10 from Scripture says, "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom." Sorry Confucius. I'll go with God's Word on this one.
~J

Nope.

I think the 3 words that people should stop using are 'WE', 'US', and 'OUR'.

YOU get to think for yourself, make decisions for yourself, and obligate yourself. YOU have no right to think for others, make decisions for others, or obligate others without their explicit consent.

Public Schools vs. Private Schools

It should be called Government Schools vs. Free Market Schools.

Public is a term normally used to describe something open for all to use, or NOT TO USE, at their choice ... i.e. public restaurants or public supermarkets. It has positive connotations ... come on in, all are welcome.

Private is a term used to describe something that is exclusive, secretive, or elitist. It screams keep off or get out.

When using the terms public and private in an attempt to promote free market education, you've already lost the debate. Stop using their terms and and start using these far more accurate and descriptive terms, and notice how quickly you can change minds.

I take my marching orders from the Constitution!

Those are great ones, too.

Its amazing how our language is shaped by statism. It's so universal that you can hardly avoid it.

Author of Shades of Thomas Paine, a common sense blog with a Libertarian slant.

http://shadesofthomaspaine.blogexec.com

Also author of Stick it to the Man!

http://www.amazon.com/Stick-Man-Richard-Moyer/dp/1484036417

Here's some

Remove "Intelligence" from CIA and replace with "Interrogation".
Remove "Investigation" from FBI and replace with "Imagination"
Remove "Security" from NSA and replace with "Spying"
Change "TSA" to mean "Touch and Seduce Agency".
Change "White House spokesperson" to "Mouth of Sauron"
Change "Foreign aid" to " Bribe".

Conscience does not exist if not exercised

"No matter how cynical you get, it's impossible to keep up!
---Lily Tomlin

Lovely

There's enough there for two articles. Thanks!

Author of Shades of Thomas Paine, a common sense blog with a Libertarian slant.

http://shadesofthomaspaine.blogexec.com

Also author of Stick it to the Man!

http://www.amazon.com/Stick-Man-Richard-Moyer/dp/1484036417

Avoid Keynesian/Austrian econimics

Use counterfeiting (by the Fed) instead.

How about "We"

When referring to the US government?

I say the worse word we us is

Democracy... Americans dont understand it... they think that everything in this country is decided by 51%. they couldnt be more wrong and all it takes is one read through our constitution to find out just how wrong you are.

"When the Power of Love overcomes the Love of Power the World will know Peace." ~Jimi Hendrix

we are a Constitutional Republic

yet everyone continues to call it a 'Democracy' - and that is by design. So let's call it a REPUBLIC and not a democracy.

"HealthCare"

Everyday I try to get through to one person about this word - No one needs "medical insurance" to provide their own "heathcare" --- eat right, exercise regularly, get outside, and only use a medical doctor for medical emergencies :)

oh and turn off the tv and unplug from your devices

lol revenue

I have been thinking alot about that word in this context lately...

good post

Can you think of any others

for the sequel?

Author of Shades of Thomas Paine, a common sense blog with a Libertarian slant.

http://shadesofthomaspaine.blogexec.com

Also author of Stick it to the Man!

http://www.amazon.com/Stick-Man-Richard-Moyer/dp/1484036417

Man Who Go To Bed With Problem, Wake Up With Solution In Hand

lol...

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Randomly... not :

Randomly... not :

"Department of Justice" ?

The people's... "Representatives" ?

Etc, etc.

*Bitterness*

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

I like em!

Keep em coming!

Author of Shades of Thomas Paine, a common sense blog with a Libertarian slant.

http://shadesofthomaspaine.blogexec.com

Also author of Stick it to the Man!

http://www.amazon.com/Stick-Man-Richard-Moyer/dp/1484036417

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